Waterworks Museum

Waterworks Museum Architecture, Engineering, Public Health, Social History - it's all here at the Waterworks Museum! The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history and public health.

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#FunFactFriday Did you know that the steam used to power our engines was actually reused over and over again? All of our...
10/22/2021

#FunFactFriday Did you know that the steam used to power our engines was actually reused over and over again? All of our engines had condensers, where the steam would be condensed back into water and ultimately sent back over to the boiler room to be reheated. Once reheated, it could again power the engines. On the left is the Leavitt Engine's condenser which is visible to the public in our Great Engines Hall. On the Right is the Allis Engine's condenser, which sits below floor level in the basement. This can be viewed as part of our Special Access Tours (Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:45) and during certain seasonal events, like Tricks and Treats: Spooky Science at the Waterworks! ⁠

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#engineering #metrowaterworks

#FunFactFriday Did you know that the steam used to power our engines was actually reused over and over again? All of our engines had condensers, where the steam would be condensed back into water and ultimately sent back over to the boiler room to be reheated. Once reheated, it could again power the engines. On the left is the Leavitt Engine's condenser which is visible to the public in our Great Engines Hall. On the Right is the Allis Engine's condenser, which sits below floor level in the basement. This can be viewed as part of our Special Access Tours (Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:45) and during certain seasonal events, like Tricks and Treats: Spooky Science at the Waterworks! ⁠

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#engineering #metrowaterworks

Throughout the 19th century, the Boston Waterworks struggled to balance the competing demands of expanding access to the...
10/20/2021

Throughout the 19th century, the Boston Waterworks struggled to balance the competing demands of expanding access to the water system and increasing the supply for those already connected.

Fire Chief John S. Damrell favored the latter. In most of his annual reports from the late 1860s, he notes his belief that the current water supply would be inadequate in the event of a large conflagration. He would be proved correct just a few years later when the Great Fire of 1872 devastated Boston.

Learn more about Chief Damrell and this pivotal fire in Boston's history on Saturday 11/6 when we host a screening of the documentary "Damrell's Fire" followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Bruce Twickler. The program begins at 10:30am, doors open at 10am.

Reserve your FREE tickets now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/damrells-fire-film-screening-qa-with-director-bruce-twickler-tickets-178063120587

#Fire #Firefighting #Film #FilmScreening #Free #History #BostonHistory #MetroWaterworks

Throughout the 19th century, the Boston Waterworks struggled to balance the competing demands of expanding access to the water system and increasing the supply for those already connected.

Fire Chief John S. Damrell favored the latter. In most of his annual reports from the late 1860s, he notes his belief that the current water supply would be inadequate in the event of a large conflagration. He would be proved correct just a few years later when the Great Fire of 1872 devastated Boston.

Learn more about Chief Damrell and this pivotal fire in Boston's history on Saturday 11/6 when we host a screening of the documentary "Damrell's Fire" followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Bruce Twickler. The program begins at 10:30am, doors open at 10am.

Reserve your FREE tickets now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/damrells-fire-film-screening-qa-with-director-bruce-twickler-tickets-178063120587

#Fire #Firefighting #Film #FilmScreening #Free #History #BostonHistory #MetroWaterworks

We're getting all of our candy and prizes ready for Tricks and Treats: Spooky Science at the Waterworks on 10/30! Trick ...
10/14/2021

We're getting all of our candy and prizes ready for Tricks and Treats: Spooky Science at the Waterworks on 10/30! Trick or Treat as you go from table to table learning the science behind some fun and spooky activities - then try your hand at some Halloween-themed games to win prizes! Reserve your free tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tricks-and-treats-spooky-science-at-the-waterworks-museum-tickets-177402825627 . Drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm on 10/30! #Halloween #Free #STEM #Metrowaterworks #Museum #FamilyFun

We're getting all of our candy and prizes ready for Tricks and Treats: Spooky Science at the Waterworks on 10/30! Trick or Treat as you go from table to table learning the science behind some fun and spooky activities - then try your hand at some Halloween-themed games to win prizes! Reserve your free tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tricks-and-treats-spooky-science-at-the-waterworks-museum-tickets-177402825627 . Drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm on 10/30! #Halloween #Free #STEM #Metrowaterworks #Museum #FamilyFun

#FunFactFriday Did you know that inside each of our pump chambers sit a number of valve cages to regulate the flow of wa...
10/08/2021

#FunFactFriday Did you know that inside each of our pump chambers sit a number of valve cages to regulate the flow of water? The cages hold individual, poppet-style check valves and are sometimes referred to as "beehives." The Allis pumps alone could hold about 42 valve cages - that's about 1512 individual check valves! One giant valve could accomplish the same thing as a thousand small ones, but would be much harder to make.

The CAD drawings on the right here are based on the original 1898 Allis Plans. The photo on the top left is one of our Allis Valve cages that still sits in the basement. The photo on the bottom left is from a similar engine showing a peek at what the valve cages look like when installed inside the pump chamber.

#Engineering #Valves #History #Metrowaterworks

#FunFactFriday Did you know that inside each of our pump chambers sit a number of valve cages to regulate the flow of water? The cages hold individual, poppet-style check valves and are sometimes referred to as "beehives." The Allis pumps alone could hold about 42 valve cages - that's about 1512 individual check valves! One giant valve could accomplish the same thing as a thousand small ones, but would be much harder to make.

The CAD drawings on the right here are based on the original 1898 Allis Plans. The photo on the top left is one of our Allis Valve cages that still sits in the basement. The photo on the bottom left is from a similar engine showing a peek at what the valve cages look like when installed inside the pump chamber.

#Engineering #Valves #History #Metrowaterworks

#FunFactFriday While walking around the Great Engines Hall, you may have noticed that the pumps tend to have two thin pa...
10/01/2021

#FunFactFriday While walking around the Great Engines Hall, you may have noticed that the pumps tend to have two thin parallel bars connected at the top and bottom by adjustable k***s. These used to hold glass sight gauges so that the engineers could easily determine the water level of each pump chamber. Unfortunately, over the years, most of the glass tubes have broken and been removed - making it challenging for visitors to tell what this structure used to be used for! Luckily, some of the sight gauges in the basement, like the one on the bottom right, are still in tact. The basement area sees much less foot traffic as it is only open for viewing during our Special Access Tours and some Community Events. #metrowaterworks #engineering

#FunFactFriday While walking around the Great Engines Hall, you may have noticed that the pumps tend to have two thin parallel bars connected at the top and bottom by adjustable k***s. These used to hold glass sight gauges so that the engineers could easily determine the water level of each pump chamber. Unfortunately, over the years, most of the glass tubes have broken and been removed - making it challenging for visitors to tell what this structure used to be used for! Luckily, some of the sight gauges in the basement, like the one on the bottom right, are still in tact. The basement area sees much less foot traffic as it is only open for viewing during our Special Access Tours and some Community Events. #metrowaterworks #engineering

The Waterworks Museum will be closing early to the public at 3:00pm on Saturday, 10/2 to accommodate a private event. We...
09/28/2021

The Waterworks Museum will be closing early to the public at 3:00pm on Saturday, 10/2 to accommodate a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will still be welcoming visitors from 11:00am - 3:00pm with free guided tours at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. ⁠
#metrowaterworks ⁠

The Waterworks Museum will be closing early to the public at 3:00pm on Saturday, 10/2 to accommodate a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will still be welcoming visitors from 11:00am - 3:00pm with free guided tours at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. ⁠
#metrowaterworks ⁠

Could this be your new desk? The Waterworks Museum is looking to hire a new Manager of Visitor Services to be the point ...
09/24/2021

Could this be your new desk? The Waterworks Museum is looking to hire a new Manager of Visitor Services to be the point of contact for all of our front-of-house interactions and manage the museum on the weekends. This is a full-time salaried position with a Wednesday - Sunday schedule. Great interpersonal and customer service skills a must! To learn more about the position, go to https://waterworksmuseum.org/job-postings/ . #jobs #NowHiring #metrowaterworks

Could this be your new desk? The Waterworks Museum is looking to hire a new Manager of Visitor Services to be the point of contact for all of our front-of-house interactions and manage the museum on the weekends. This is a full-time salaried position with a Wednesday - Sunday schedule. Great interpersonal and customer service skills a must! To learn more about the position, go to https://waterworksmuseum.org/job-postings/ . #jobs #NowHiring #metrowaterworks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to ramp up efforts to reduce the presence of PFAS in drinking wa...
09/21/2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to ramp up efforts to reduce the presence of PFAS in drinking water. The term "PFAS" covers a wide range of chemical compounds, some of which can be harmful to humans with prolonged consumption or exposure. They are typically introduced to water sources through various industries, the use of fire fighting foam, and even certain household products with "non-stick" coatings.

To combat the presence of PFAS that are harmful, the EPA has issued a proposed rule that will help them gather more comprehensive data on over 1000 PFAS manufactured in the US. They are also withdrawing guidance from the previous administration that permitted the use of certain long-chain PFAS and officially incorporating three new PFAS in to the "Toxics Release Inventory."

Learn more about these steps being taken to better understand and regulate the threat of certain PFAS here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-continues-take-action-pfas-protect-public .

#PFAS #Water #PublicHealth #EPA #Metrowaterworks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to ramp up efforts to reduce the presence of PFAS in drinking water. The term "PFAS" covers a wide range of chemical compounds, some of which can be harmful to humans with prolonged consumption or exposure. They are typically introduced to water sources through various industries, the use of fire fighting foam, and even certain household products with "non-stick" coatings.

To combat the presence of PFAS that are harmful, the EPA has issued a proposed rule that will help them gather more comprehensive data on over 1000 PFAS manufactured in the US. They are also withdrawing guidance from the previous administration that permitted the use of certain long-chain PFAS and officially incorporating three new PFAS in to the "Toxics Release Inventory."

Learn more about these steps being taken to better understand and regulate the threat of certain PFAS here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-continues-take-action-pfas-protect-public .

#PFAS #Water #PublicHealth #EPA #Metrowaterworks

#TBT While the tools used by our pumping station engineers are currently on display around the Great Engines Hall, when ...
09/16/2021

#TBT While the tools used by our pumping station engineers are currently on display around the Great Engines Hall, when this station was operational, they would have been hung on hooks like these ones located in the basement.

In fact, two such tools were left on their hooks when the station shut down in the 1970s. Having sat there for just under 50 years, they now seem to be permanently welded in place to their respective hooks- though they look as though a worker might come grab them at any moment!

#Tools #History #metrowaterworks

#TBT While the tools used by our pumping station engineers are currently on display around the Great Engines Hall, when this station was operational, they would have been hung on hooks like these ones located in the basement.

In fact, two such tools were left on their hooks when the station shut down in the 1970s. Having sat there for just under 50 years, they now seem to be permanently welded in place to their respective hooks- though they look as though a worker might come grab them at any moment!

#Tools #History #metrowaterworks

It's not often an engineer can say they've developed something that can be useful on multiple planets! But UC Riverside ...
09/14/2021

It's not often an engineer can say they've developed something that can be useful on multiple planets! But UC Riverside Doctoral student Changxu Ren and assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering Jinyong Liu seem to have done just that this past summer. Using a common fertilizer and palladium, they were able to produce a "powerful catalyst" that can breakdown harmful perchlorate in water.

Found in both soil and industrial goods, perchlorate is a common water contaminant that can cause certain thyroid disorders.

While this newly developed catalyst can help remediate contaminated ground water and treat heavily contaminated wastewater on Earth, it could also have applications to make the toxic perchlorate-filled soil on Mars safer for astronaut exploration and potentially future human settlements.

Learn more at https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2021/06/03/new-water-treatment-technology-could-also-help-mars-explorers

#Engineering #Science #Mars #Exploration #Metrowaterworks

It's not often an engineer can say they've developed something that can be useful on multiple planets! But UC Riverside Doctoral student Changxu Ren and assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering Jinyong Liu seem to have done just that this past summer. Using a common fertilizer and palladium, they were able to produce a "powerful catalyst" that can breakdown harmful perchlorate in water.

Found in both soil and industrial goods, perchlorate is a common water contaminant that can cause certain thyroid disorders.

While this newly developed catalyst can help remediate contaminated ground water and treat heavily contaminated wastewater on Earth, it could also have applications to make the toxic perchlorate-filled soil on Mars safer for astronaut exploration and potentially future human settlements.

Learn more at https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2021/06/03/new-water-treatment-technology-could-also-help-mars-explorers

#Engineering #Science #Mars #Exploration #Metrowaterworks

09/10/2021
This robot can generate water on Mars

"Water, Will Robinson!" This robot was designed to help generate drinkable water on Mars, and could help arid areas on Earth as well! #SpaceRobot #Water #Innovation #Technology #Sustainability

#TBT A worker stands beside a 48 inch Check Valve in 1900 on the left. On the right sits the check valve for our Allis p...
09/09/2021

#TBT A worker stands beside a 48 inch Check Valve in 1900 on the left. On the right sits the check valve for our Allis pumps still in place today. Check valves have the very important job of preventing reverse flows, which can reduce efficiency and even cause damage. #History #Engineering #Pumps #Valves

#TBT A worker stands beside a 48 inch Check Valve in 1900 on the left. On the right sits the check valve for our Allis pumps still in place today. Check valves have the very important job of preventing reverse flows, which can reduce efficiency and even cause damage. #History #Engineering #Pumps #Valves

As wildfires and heatwaves stress the western United States, concern over drought and wildfires is rising. It is well kn...
09/07/2021

As wildfires and heatwaves stress the western United States, concern over drought and wildfires is rising. It is well known that dry landscapes burn more readily, but new research suggests that wildfire smoke may keep essential rain from falling. ⁠

A new study finds tiny particles in wildfire smoke affect the way droplets form in clouds, could potentially be resulting in less rain and exacerbating the dry conditions that fuel fires.⁠

"Over the past couple decades, summer precipitation is down and temperatures are up. The cloud effects are likely an important part of all this. I'm hoping these results will spur detailed regional modeling studies that will help us understand the net impact of smoke on clouds and climate in the region," said lead author Cynthia Twohy. "I think this paper is scratching the surface of what we don't know."⁠

Learn more about her findings here: https://phys.org/news/2021-08-wildfire-western.html

Photo Credit: Emily V. Fischer

#wildfires #rain #ClimateChange #Climate #Science

As wildfires and heatwaves stress the western United States, concern over drought and wildfires is rising. It is well known that dry landscapes burn more readily, but new research suggests that wildfire smoke may keep essential rain from falling. ⁠

A new study finds tiny particles in wildfire smoke affect the way droplets form in clouds, could potentially be resulting in less rain and exacerbating the dry conditions that fuel fires.⁠

"Over the past couple decades, summer precipitation is down and temperatures are up. The cloud effects are likely an important part of all this. I'm hoping these results will spur detailed regional modeling studies that will help us understand the net impact of smoke on clouds and climate in the region," said lead author Cynthia Twohy. "I think this paper is scratching the surface of what we don't know."⁠

Learn more about her findings here: https://phys.org/news/2021-08-wildfire-western.html

Photo Credit: Emily V. Fischer

#wildfires #rain #ClimateChange #Climate #Science

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Just wanted to give a big shout out to Eric and the rest of the staff, and absolutely fantastic volunteers that are holding this museum in it shighest place. By doing all that you do and your dedication is worthy of loud applause. Thank you so much for your commitment and caring. Stay safe and hopefully we we all be seeing each other soon.🧐
What a terrific place!! If you have not visited yet, put this on your calendar. Talk about huge! Very impressive what was going on here and what has been preserved. Knowledgeable staff, well curated. Even non-engineer folks have to be impressed. Great history lesson for adults. Even little kids will love this place---there are wrenches here bigger than they are! We'll be back and will bring our visitors as well.
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Is there a preschool waterworks event tomorrow on the holiday? Or there's a week off? We would definitely come tomorrow if there is one!
Hello! I lost a Toyota car key @ the Waterworks Museum on Thursday 2/21. The car was parked in the back parking lot, and was lost somewhere in the lot/during the walk to the museum entrance in the front, or inside of the museum. If anybody has come across this key, please text or call 508-243-0085. Apparently the cost of replacing a car key (only 1 we had) is an arm and a leg more expensive than initially expected!
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